A total sell out

The Vogue Movie Theatre hosted The Crash Reel Monday, February 3, which was screened by Indie Films Fernie and in association with the East Kootenay Brain Injuries Association (EKBIA). The event was a total sell out with about 20 people being turned away at the door and nearly $300 raised for the local Brain Injuries Association.

The Crash Reel is the dramatic story of one unforgettable athlete: Kevin Pearce; One eye popping sport: snowboarding; and one explosive issue: traumatic brain injury.

It's a comeback story with a difference. This beautifully shot documentary seamlessly combines 20 years of stunning action footage with new specially-shot footage and interviews as it follows U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce, his rivalry with Shaun White and exposes the irresistible but potentially fatal appeal of extreme sports.

Courtney Baker of The Arts Station said, “The indie films are popular, we don’t get many sell-outs, but the response to this film was amazing.”

Rachel Cline, EKBIA Outreach Worker for the Elk Valley and one of the organizers said, “I was so excited to be part of the screening of this movie in Fernie, it is the perfect sports-mad town to host this movie. Head injuries affect 50,000 Canadians a year and prevention is the only cure for head injury. The impact of an injury affects not only the survivor but their family for the rest of their lives.

The ticket draw raised nearly $300 for EKBIA’s on-going work in the Elk Valley. There were some amazing prizes, such as a helicopter ride for four donated by Ascent Heli worth $400, and four $120 helmets courtesy of Edge of the World and Teck, plus RCR gave out four lift passes

For more information about The Crash Reel, visit www.thecrashreel.com. For more information about brain injuries and support in the Valley, see www.ekbia.org or contact Rachel Cline at 250-946-6322.


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